GRE stands for Graduate Record Examination. GRE is conducted by ETS, it is considered as one of the world’s largest assessment exams for graduation in Business or law school. GRE is accepted by thousands of universities worldwide. Around half a million students across 160 countries appear in GRE General Test every year.
1. Types of GRE Test
There are two types of GRE exams that is mentioned below
· GRE General Test
· GRE Subject Test
· GRE General Test
Candidates who wants to pursue MS degree program in US and various other countries give GRE General Test. GRE General test will examine candidate’s Analytical writing, Quantitative and verbal reasoning skills. The exam is conducted around the year and can be given by the candidates on their convenience. The paper GRE General Test is if offered for two times in a year in the region where computer GRE General test is not available.
· GRE Subject Test
The GRE Subject test is conducted to examine candidate’s ability and knowledge in particular subject. The topics for the GRE Subject Test includes- Mathematics, biology, physics and psychology , literature, chemistry and biochemistry. Generally the GRE Subject test is required to pursue degree program in specialized course.
2. Why GRE Test?
Along with being considered as one of the world’s largest assessment exam for graduation program candidates who wants to pursue MBA, MS or PhD degrees program are also required to give GRE Test. Students who wants a merit based scholarship for grad school also appear for GRE exams. Apart from this a number of top universities around the globe accept GRE test scores for their admission process.
3. When to appear for GRE Test?
Candidate can appear for GRE Test throughout the year. It’s recommended to appear for the GRE Test when you are properly prepared. It is suggested that a candidate should appear at least 60 days before the university’s application deadline for GRE Test so that there would be enough time left for giving a second attempt if required.
4. Score validity
The score of the GRE Test will be valid for 5 years from the day of the exam.
5. GRE eligibility criteria
ETS have not prescribed any such criteria; anyone who wants to appear in GRE exam can give GRE Test irrespective of their age or qualifications (however you must possess a graduate degree in any discipline). The only requirement to give GRE General Test is that the candidate must have his/her original passport that will be used as a proof of identity at the exam center. Therefore a candidate must apply for his/her passport before registering for GRE.
6. GRE EXAM FEES
The application cost of GRE General Test is 213USD for Indian student that will be around RS 15,912 in Indian currency. The GRE subject test will cost 150USD worldwide. Candidate would require to pay an extra amount if they want to reschedule the exam date or change their Centre.
7. Rescheduling or Canceling GRE Test
Candidate who is willing to cancel or reschedule their GRE Test registration must do so before 4 days of their Test. Candidate would require to pay 50 USD for rescheduling their exams. If a candidate wants to change a subject they would need to pay 50 USD.
8. Charges of GRE Special handling request
Following are the charges for special handling request services-
· Late Registration Fees- 25$
· Subject Change Fees- 50$
· Standby Testing Fees- 25$
· Changing test Centre fees- 50$
· Rescheduling Fees (for rest of the world)- 50$
9. GRE Exam Pattern
GRE exam is divided in three sections that is
· Analytical Writing
· Verbal Reasoning
· Quantitative Reasoning
Analytical Writing Section will appear first while the verbal and quantitative reasoning section can appear is any order. Along with the difference in duration of time there will be difference in the pattern of paper based and online based exams too.
Ø GRE Computer based
Computer based GRE Exam will be based will follow the pattern mentioned below-
· GRE Analytical Writing: 1 Section- 2 task (60 minutes)
· GRE Verbal Reasoning: 2 Sections- 40 questions (60 minutes)
· GRE Quantitative Reasoning: 2 Sections- 40 questions (70 minutes)
Ø GRE Paper based
Paper based GRE Exam will be based on the pattern mentioned below-
· Analytical Writing: 2 Sections- 2 Tasks (60 minutes)
· Verbal Reasoning: 2 Sections- 50 Questions(70 minutes)
· Quantitative Reasoning: 2 Sections- 50 Questions (80 minutes)
10. GRE Syllabus
The syllabus for both GRE exams that is GRE General Test and GRE subject test will be different. GRE General Test is a standard exam that is conducted to examine the candidate’s analytical writing, verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning skills. Whereas GRE Subject Test is conducted for students who want to pursue specialized subjects. The student would require to appear in GRE subjects test that is required by the university they want admission in.